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drinking illegal booze. A lot were parking behind the fieldhouse and hiding around campus...! like it better when they don't have to hide out."
He also confided that he understood the problem much more clearly than some students believe. "Hell, when I was under 21, I used to ride around campus and hide up behind the fieldhouse myself! 1 can sympathize wth the students, and I'm just glad that they've got the bars to go to now, instead of the streets."
Wortman has only a few suggestions for improvements of his department, which he says is sufficiently staffed to meet the needs of the campus. "I would like to get a better communications system (on the high-band level). All other area emergency services have gone to high-band and we're just about the only ones left on low-band. Which means, we have poor communications in times of emergency. I would also like to see a centralized communication system on campus uniting the Administration, the Physical Plant, On-Campus Living, and the other departments and areas much better than what we have now.'
According to Wortman, the worsi area is key control. 'We issue keys for the entire campus, but we have no control over them once we sign them out. All we have is a petty $5 security deposit, which doesn't bother anyone. Without key control, we can't secure the campus...and I don't care what anyone says, this campus isn't really secure now. Staff and faculty members just don't bother to turn in their keys when they leave...which leaves a lot of keys running around. I'd like to be able to stop pay or hold up transcripts to get keys back-there's got to be a better system."
Wortman feels the greatest misconception regarding his office is traffic tickets. "We’re writing a lot less now. Four years ago, we peaked at 30,000 tickets. Last year we wrote 20,000 and this year we'll write about 18,000. I'd like to see it get down to about 8,000 a year. The reason for this decrease is basically the increase in fines and our new authority to impound or tow vehicles."
"We've got a good department," Wortman concluded. 'And we've got a great bunch of people that we come in contact with daily. I don't see any real problems arising in the future while, at the same time, I see a lot of good things happening. I think things will continue to improve as everyone comes to the realizations that we're here to help and protect them, not to harass them."
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The sign on the quonsct hut reads, "Campus Traffic and Security" but the purpose of the office goes far beyond those simple words. “Our job is to protect lives and property on campus," says Cheif Don Wortman, an 18-year veteran of the campus police force.
Wortman says his department (comprised of 10 uniformed officers, one meter-maid, two administrative assistants and the 25 man student security force! is responsible for traffic control, providing building security, calming family disturbances, responding to alarms and dealing with criminal investigation.
"We arc a small force, responsible for a population of approximately 12,000, including faculty, staff, students, student dependents and visitors," Wortman pointed out. “However, if there is a major problem, such as a really serious crime, we ask for and receive assistance from city police and the sheriff's office. It doesn't happen often, but the other departments arc there when we need them."
The department usually operates with one man in a vehicle on traffic patrol, while another walks the campus. "We can catch a lot more when we're walking the shadows,' said Wortman. 'Everyone thinks our main concern is writing tickets, but that's just a hell of a headache." Wortman went on to say, "The student
security force is a great asset to us. We train them in various areas of law enforcement and they operate as our eyes and cars. They are in constant radio contact when they're working and we’re always prepared to back them up."
During his 18 years on the force, Wortman has seen a lot of changes. "The department, as a whole, is much more professional. We are law enforcement officers, not just night watchmen. All officers are required to attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, which makes us more capable of investigating complaints so we don't have to flood the city police with a lot of unnecessary work.
"Things have really mellowed out since the 60s. The students today, I feel, arc here to study, not to party," Wortman pointed out. "There's a lot less hassle now than then."
However, there arc problems that don't seem to go away. There is a lot of vandalism, for example, aimed both at students and the school. Basically, the damage consists of attacks against vehicles in parking lots, dorm room damage, and destruction of trees and signs.
"I think drinking has a lot to do with it," Wortman said. "But there arc a lot less problems now then when the drinking age was 21. When we had the 21 age limit, students were running around in cars
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